Review: Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

img_2235Eeny Meeny by M.J. Alridge is a psychological Mystery/Thriller about a detective named Helen Grace, who is out to catch a female serial killer.

This serial killer kidnaps and imprisons two victims together in a secure, remote location. She deprives them of food & water and provides them with a gun and a cell phone with only enough battery to be able to read the message of “kill or be killed”. The victims have a choice to either succumb to dehydration & starvation OR…they can use the gun provided to kill the other person in the room with them. If they do so, they are allowed to go free….but they will always have the death of the other person on their conscience.

Detective, Helen Grace is on the hunt for this criminal before any other people fall victim. Before long, she realizes that all the victims have one thing in common…. Helen helped save them at some point in her career. She then realizes pretty early on in the story that this killer may be trying to send her a personal message through all of this.

I didn’t enjoy this book nearly as much as I was hoping I would. The synopsis had me excited…I love a good murder mystery. As a bonus…this particular one had the immediate feel of the movie, Saw, mixed with a little bit of CSI. But then, the character development never went anywhere for me. Even the main character, Helen Grace, seemed flat….which is strange seeing as how this book looks to be the first in a series of 5 specifically surrounding her. Then, there was the issue with the story jumping around that I didn’t love. Normally, I don’t mind when an author changes perspective at each chapter…I don’t mind when chapters change from present day to flash backs either. But, in this particular book…there were chapters that were obviously being told in a different perspective, as well as at a different time frame…only, you don’t really know who’s point of view it is until the end. I did get though this one with my usual pace, so it wasn’t boring…I was just hoping for more thrill, I guess.

There are a few short sections of the book where there is mention of BDSM scenarios. Nothing too violent or sexually graphic….but if you are sensitive to that topic in anyway, this probably isn’t for you.

Overall, the book was just OK for me. Good, but not great.

My rating: 3/5 Stars


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